Harvest Moon aims to make compost toilets "a part of everyday life"

Pink version of Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon pictured in a bathroom visualisation

Swedish bathroom brand Harvest Moon has launched its first product, a waterless toilet that allows “even the most squeamish” to turn their waste into soil and fertiliser.

Unveiled at Stockholm Furniture Fair, Luna is a composting toilet that promises eco-friendly disposal of human waste without compromising on style, comfort or hygiene.

Harvest Moon spent five years developing the product, with user experience considered just as important as the toilet’s eco-friendly credentials.

Pink version of Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon pictured in a bathroom visualisation
Luna can be installed in any location

The Stockholm-based brand claims its system is smell-free and allows for disposal of human excrement without you having to come into contact with it.

“We are making water-free toilets a part of everyday life,” reads the product brochure.

“Although water-based sanitation in many ways is a solution of the past, it is still seen as the gold standard. Challenging this means creating a water-free toilet that not only looks great and is easy to install but also has a comfort that rivals that of the water-based system.”

Pink version of Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon pictured in a bathroom visualisation
The system works by separating urine and faeces

Like other composting toilets, Luna offers significant energy and water savings. Research suggests the toilet accounts for around 27 per cent of a household’s water use, which can be as much as 50,000 litres a year.

But Harvest Moon also wants to highlight the other benefits, which include greater flexibility in terms of installation and the recovery of valuable nutrients through composting.

Harvest Moon diagram
Urine is turned into fertilizer, while faeces is used for compost

The Luna system works by separating urine and faeces into different disposal compartments.

The feature that sets it apart from its competitors is an integrated pump, so there is no need to manually empty containers of urine or install an underground collection tank.

“When you close the lid, the urine is pumped to a destination that suits your setup,” explained Hampus Nordensson, industrial designer at Harvest Moon.

The nutrient-rich urine could be diverted to an outdoor fertiliser storage tank or, if local regulations allow, straight into a ground infiltration system. If neither is possible, it could be pumped straight to the sewer.

Harvest Moon diagram
A pump system allows the urine to be moved to different locations

“The pump opens up possibilities,” said Nordensson. “It means you can place the toilet wherever you want.”

The faeces, meanwhile, are collected in a bin containing a compostable plastic bag, with everything made black to “hide the waste”.

The bin’s lid is designed to allow an easy, contactless transfer to a latrine compost.

The compost should be left to decompose for a year before being mixed back into soil. Harvest Moon recommends a rotation system, with one compost in storage while a second is being filled.

Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon at Stockholm Furniture Fair
Luna was unveiled at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Luna incorporates various electronic functions, including a sliding cover that can be used to keep the faeces covered, a rotating bin that helps the solids decompose and a fan to ensure plenty of air movement.

These can be powered by solar electricity, allowing the toilet to be used off-grid. Harvest Moon also offers a range of accessories to improve the user experience.

These include Carbon Cover, a black biochar compost, and the liquid Urine Mixer, which are both added to the toilet after use to significantly reduce the smell.

Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon at Stockholm Furniture Fair
The design comes in different colours and material finishes

“We want the user experience to be as fresh as possible,” added Nordensson.

A paper squeezer allows toilet paper to be efficiently disposed of, while a watering can offers another possible destination for the urine to be pumped into.

The design comes in a range of colours and material finishes, to suit different style palettes.

Harvest Moon accessories
Harvest Moon offers a range of accessories to improve the user experience

Luna launched as part of New Ventures, a section of Stockholm Furniture Fair dedicated to first-time exhibitors.

The product taps into a growing trend for water-free toilets that is expected to increase as concerns about carbon footprint and energy use continue to impact product design.

The Finnish Pavilion at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale declared “the death of the flushing toilet” with an installation that focused on the future of sanitation.

Harvest Moon was on show at Stockholm Furniture Fair, which was open to the public from 7 to 11 February 2024. See Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events around the world.

The installation photography is by Nathalie Ulinder Cut.

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Dotti seating by KFI Studios

A curvilinear lounge chair from KFI Studio's Dotti collection with coral upholstery

Dezeen Showroom: US furniture brand KFI Studios has released an upholstered seating collection that aims to offer a comfortable and cohesive space for both collaboration and relaxation.

Created by Pennsylvania-based product design firm Union Design, the Dotti range includes a low-back lounge chair and a high-back lounge chair that feature curved plywood backs, soft circular seats and pillows.

A curvilinear lounge chair from KFI Studio's Dotti collection with coral upholstery
The curved laminate chair backs are available in four different finishes

The lounge chairs are available with a fixed or swivel base and can be customised with a wide selection of upholstery textiles, as well as a choice of white, ash, European beech or dark chestnut laminate.

The collection also includes a circular ottoman and a pouf seating option complete with a leather handle for manoeuvrability, which can be easily rearranged to create a sociable seating configuration.

Two curvilinear lounge chairs from KFI Studio's Dotti collection with purple upholstery
The range also includes a circular ottoman and pouf

“The goal with Dotti is to create harmonious pieces that fit a variety of uses,” said Jeff Theesfeld, a founding partner of Union Design. “You can use the lounge chair as a place of solitude or gather up multiple poufs for quick collaboration.”

The Dotti collection extends to tables too, which are available in large and small sizes and can be used as side tables or coffee tables.

Product: Dotti Collection
Designers:  Union Design
Brand: KFI Studios
Contact: sales@kfistudios.com

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Furniture made from scrap aluminium carries "traces of giant factory saws"

Shelf from One Side Sawn collection by Studio ThusThat

Dutch design firm Studio ThusThat has developed a series of furniture and homeware that was cut from a single sheet of aluminium “crust” – an offcut of the smelting process.

The collection, called One Side Sawn, includes flat-pack tables, shelves, cabinets, mirrors and desk accessories made using a byproduct from the early stages of aluminium production when huge blocks of the metal are formed in a smelter.

Shelf from One Side Sawn collection by Studio ThusThat
Studio ThusThat has turned aluminium scraps into furniture

Before the material is sent to other factories to be turned into products or packaging, the bumpy exterior of these blocks is sawn off, creating sheets known as crusts.

For the One Side Sawn project, Studio ThusThat decided to intercept and repurpose one of these large, thin sheets – formally referred to as “six-sides sawn plates” as they are sawed off from all six sides of the aluminium block.

Low shelf from One Side Sawn collection
Included in the collection are a series of shelves

The designers aimed to utilise one such sheet without producing any waste, which involved carefully mapping the cutting pattern in advance.

Each straight cut created a piece with a wavy edge, which then informed the shape of the following object. In this way, each item is made from offcuts from the previous pieces, thereby emphasising the project’s core principle of limiting waste.

Close-up of metal shelf by Studio ThusThat
The pieces retain the offcut’s bumpy surface texture

“The studio hopes in these pieces to explore a different aesthetic expectation of ‘perfect’ materials like aluminium that acknowledges the costs and scale of their production,” the studio said.

“In an era of finite materials and energy crises, they hope that familiarising ourselves with the aesthetics of secondary and rougher materials is important as it may one day become the norm.”

Rather than removing the saw marks and the bumpy uneven surface found on the scrap metal, these form a key feature of the final furniture and homeware pieces.

“The edges are jagged and rough, resulting in rugged forms that seem to have been themselves byproducts of some brute industrial process,” Studio ThusThat explained.

“The backside of the plates still show traces of the giant factory saws from which they were cut, while the front reveals the metal’s molten origins.”

Metal shelf from One Side Sawn collection in a warehouse
Studio ThusThat cut the pieces from a single sheet of aluminium “crust”

In a bid to aid recycling and emphasise aluminium’s natural qualities, the metal is left raw and uncoated.

The entire collection is currently on display at Tools Galerie in Paris and Studio ThusThat is also making the cust material available as a surface for use in architectural and interior projects.

Low sideboard made from aluminium by Studio ThusThat
A sideboard is also among the pieces

One Side Sawn is the studio’s latest project aimed at exploring industrial processes and waste streams related to metal mining.

Previously, the duo designed a series of ceramic tableware using red mud – a toxic residue from aluminium production – and a collection of objects made from a byproduct of the copper industry.

One Side Sawn is on show from 26 January to 16 March 2024 at Tools Galerie in Paris, France. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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Studio Egret West to transform former Heinz HQ into London housing

Hayes Park housing at the Heinz headquarters by Studio Egret West

UK architecture firm Studio Egret West has shared its plans to create housing within two concrete 1960s buildings in London, which were formerly the headquarters of food company Heinz.

Studio Egret West has received planning permission to create 124 apartments across the two office buildings while preserving their external concrete frames.

Named Hayes Park Central and Hayes Park South, the buildings were constructed in 1962 for Heinz to use as both administrative headquarters and research laboratories.

Hayes Park housing at the Heinz headquarters by Studio Egret West
Studio Egret West will preserve the concrete exterior of the former Heinz headquarters

They were designed by US architect Gordon Bunshaft while working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and were his only project in the UK. They were awarded Grade II-listed status in 1995 but have been left vacant for several years.

Studio Egret West aims to retain as much of the existing structures as possible to minimise carbon consumption while creating homes ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments.

“The embodied carbon of the building will be saved and the structure is given a second life as high-quality homes within a unique setting,” Studio Egret West associate director Gemma Noakes told Dezeen.

“The building’s iconic form and sculptural facade, designed by the noted American corporate architect Gordon Bunshaft for SOM, will be saved for future generations to enjoy.”

Living room looking on a courtyard with a pool
A courtyard pool will be restored

While the sculptural external concrete frames that animate the three-storey buildings will be retained, curtain wall glazing will be replaced to meet the current safety and environmental standards.

An external central courtyard will be added to Hayes Park Central, mirroring the existing courtyard at Hayes Park South and allowing for dual-aspect homes.

The design will also reinstate a reflective pool that once occupied the central courtyard of Hayes Park South, for which Bunshaft had referenced minimalist Japanese gardens.

Aiming to create a focal point that connects residents with nature and each other, the courtyard pool will feature a tree on a circular island.

Courtyard at the Hayes Park housing by Studio Egret West
Studio Egret West will add a central courtyard to one of the buildings

The surrounding park landscape will also be updated to suit Bunshaft’s original modernist design while aiming to increase the site’s biodiversity.

“The refreshed landscape approach seeks to achieve Bunshaft’s initial vision of ‘buildings within a pastoral setting’, embracing a verdant modernism strategy,” said director of landscape at Studio Egret West Duncan Paybody.

“Our focus shifts to re-wilded pastures over manicured lawns and garden squares instead of roundabouts,” he told Dezeen. “The goal is to seamlessly weave transects of nature and increased biodiversity into the core of each building plot, reviving lost courtyard features with a nature-based twist.”

Heinz headquarters in London with a sculptural concrete frame exterior
The landscape strategy aims to increase biodiversity

Studio Egret West is a London-based architecture firm founded in 2004 by Christophe Egret and David West.

Other projects by the firm that have been published on Dezeen include a park in central Manchester and the first phase of the renovation of the Park Hill housing estate with HawkinsBrown.

The images are by Hism.

Project credits:

Architect and landscaping: Studio Egret West
Planning and heritage consultant: Iceni
Structural and civil engineering: Whitby Wood
MEP, energy, sustainability, fire engineering: Hoare Lea
Transport engineering and waste: Waterman
Noise and air quality: NRG Consulting
Biodiversity and ecology: Greengage
Arboricultural consultant: Keen Consultants
Accessibility consultant: Jayne Earnscliffe
Daylight and sunlight consultant: Development and Light
Quantity surveyor: Hennessy-Godden
Building control: Socotec

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Paris duplex by Johanna Amatoury references architecture of Greek islands

Hallway of Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury

Harnessing soft whites and gently curving plaster forms, interior designer Johanna Amatoury has brought a holiday-house feel to this apartment in the peaceful Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

The duplex belongs to a couple who work in real estate and their three young children – a globetrotting family with a particular love for the Greek islands.

Exterior of Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury
Interior designer Johanna Amatoury has renovated a Paris duplex

Amatoury designed their apartment as a homage to the region’s vernacular architecture.

“Because of their love for this part of the world, we arrived in this apartment and imagined a holiday house feeling, using warm and textural materials – very unlike typical Parisian apartments,” she told Dezeen.

“We worked with mineral materials, textures and raw colours in the apartment to provide depth and achieve the desired ambience.”

Hallway of Paris apartment
Curving plaster-covered surfaces feature heavily in the entryway

The design of the home was also shaped by its layout, arranged over the ground and first floors of a large 1980s building that opens onto a small garden.

This encouraged Amatoury to model the apartment on a single-family house.

View into living room of flat by Johanna Amatoury
The design draws on the vernacular architecture of the Greek islands

“We wanted to imagine it as a house, to create a more outside-in atmosphere, increasing all the size of the windows,” she said.

“The apartment is on the garden level, so my guideline was to open as much as possible to the outside and the planting there.”

Living room of Paris apartment
Violetta marble tables anchor the living room

The apartment’s whole floorplan was reworked in order to create a living room, dining room and kitchen that all look onto the gardens outside.

The staircase was relocated to a more logical location close to the entrance, while upstairs the space was completely reconfigured to create four bedroom suites.

Artwork hanging over console table inside Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury
Artworks reflect the Grecian theme of the interior

As a homage to Greek island architecture, Amatoury used Roman plaster to soften the forms within the apartment, particularly in the entrance hall.

“We used warm, textural materials including lots of softly curving and tactile plaster finishes that give the space a sculptural look,” she said.

“Roman plaster is a very ancient technique that has a mineral appearance with a smooth, soft and slightly glossy finish, which catches the eye and dresses the wall through classic mineral colours while also embracing brighter nuances.”

In the kitchen, smoked walnut timber cabinetry is paired with splashbacks and worktops made of Navona travertine.

Set in an otherwise open-plan space, the area is enclosed in glazed panels.

“The family entertains a lot and cooks a lot, both the parents and the children,” Amatoury said. “As a result, it was necessary to be able to close off the kitchen while maintaining this visual openness.”

Kitchen of Paris apartment with glass partitions
The kitchen is enclosed by glazed partitions

Much like a window, the glazed panels feature curved grilles and are set on an oak base that creates a visual link with the built-in oak banquette upholstered in white boucle wool.

“We create a lot of benches because they’re so practical, incorporating storage chests, but most importantly for their cosy appeal,” Amatoury said. “Benches introduce a mix of fabrics and through these fabrics, the space becomes more welcoming.”

Dining area of Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury
Amatoury fashioned an oak seating banquette for the dining area 

For Amatoury, the furniture edit was a balancing act between creating a “harmonious yet eclectic atmosphere” that blends sophistication and comfort.

Taking a central role is the curving sofa in the living room, which is upholstered in off-white linen and paired with monolithic Violetta marble tables.

Stairwell of Paris apartment
A staircase leads up to the second floor

“Its design not only provided a focal point but also added a touch of elegance and softness to the space,” she said.

“The curving shape offered a sense of flow and organic grace, enhancing the room’s visual appeal. The choice of off-white linen contributed to a serene ambience here, promoting a feeling of openness and lightness.”

Bedroom of apartment by Johanna Amatoury
The upper level houses four bedroom suites

Amatoury, who has worked on several residential and commercial interiors across Paris, says she was tasked with the project after the owners admired a home she had completed for friends of theirs.

“They liked our work and especially the warmth we bring to our projects, almost like a cocoon,” she said.

Other residential interiors in the French capital that have recently been featured on Dezeen include a loft apartment in a former textile workshop and a Haussmann-era flat that was restored to its “former glory”.

The photography is by Pierce Scourfield.

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No More Scratchy Tags! This genius device removes care labels from clothes and digitizes them

I hate the fact that I get an entire booklet attached to my clothes every time I buy something. Especially with global brands, those care labels can be multiple pages long, covering as many as 5-7 languages. Nobody I know has ever read any of those tags, and let’s face it, they’re an absolute liability. They cause itches, and sometimes pop out from the back, making for a rather embarrassing moment when someone else has to point out to you that your shirt’s tag is sticking out. Sure, it’s not the biggest problem in the world (or even in the fashion industry), but that doesn’t mean it’s a problem not worth solving. Meet LUKE, the world’s first device that easily removes care labels. It slices them off right at the hem, leaving no residual label at all… but more importantly, it comes with an app that digitizes the care label for you, allowing you to refer to the instructions if you ever want to wash/dry/care for them exactly how the manufacture intended. LUKE obviously isn’t for everyone, but for people with sensitive skin, with expensive/delicate clothes, or with good fashion that doesn’t benefit in any way from those godawful tags… LUKE is a perfect tool to have sitting in your wardrobe!

Designer: Stefan Pabst

Click Here to Buy Now: $36 $43 (15% off).

Designed to be a rather compact, intuitive, and incredibly safe gadget, LUKE is no larger than a chunky stapler. It runs on 3 AA batteries that power the heated wire which comfortably slices through up to 4 labels at a time (for those pesky multi-label clothes). To use LUKE, simply slide it onto your garment’s care tag, placing one edge of it right near the hem (or the stitching). Hit a button to activate LUKE, and it simultaneously cuts the label off and seals the seam too, removing the tags without any evidence while ensuring your clothes don’t get damaged in the process. Take it from Stefan Pabst, who designed the product in Switzerland, and engineered/manufactured it in Germany.

The LUKE app creates a digital twin of one’s wardrobe and the data is available for a number of applications with just one “click”.

However, removing the tag is just half the process, since LUKE helps you digitize the tag too, just in case you want to refer to it for proper care instructions. The app takes a photo of the tag, scanning it for all the instructions, as well as a photo of your outfit, creating a digital wardrobe with all the information you need. You can access the tag through the app for laundry tips, helping you take good care of your clothes (and helping them last longer), but additionally, the LUKE app also lets you re-order clothes you’ve tagged, and also helps curate outfits based on your digital wardrobe, becoming your fashion assistant in the process.

As impressive as the tag-removing device’s underlying tech is, the app really uplifts the experience, adding a layer of meaningful AI insights to help you organize your wardrobe better, take sustainable care of your garments, and honestly, mix and match your clothes to look like a million bucks. You’ll feel like a million bucks too, now that you don’t have those annoyingly scratchy tags ruining your outfit and your comfort! LUKE starts at €33 (roughly $36 USD), comes with a free app, and ships globally.

Click Here to Buy Now: $36 $43 (15% off).

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Little Shed-Inspired Home Is All Set To Offer You A Cozy Rural Off-Grid Lifestyle

Called the Long Shed, this tiny home is designed by Scotland-based Echo. It is designed to have a fully off-the-grid setup, and it is connected to the outdoors via a sliding glass door and deck. The home has an open layout which is all arranged on one floor. The tiny home is based on a triple-axle trailer and has a length of 35 feet and a width of 10 feet. The home needs to be transported to a rural site on the back of a large truck as it has large dimensions and needs to follow UK towing laws. Once the home has been towed on a truck, it can be then towed into place. A road-towable version will be made available pretty soon.

Designer: Echo

The exterior of the home is finished in a corrugated tin with a rubberized coating and has an ample amount of glazing, which allows natural light to stream in. The home can also be completely closed up using the sliding shutters when not in use and looks quite similar to an agricultural shed. Visitors can enter the home via a stowable gangway and a rear entrance. The large sliding door also has a deck next to it, which creates some cozy outdoor living space.

The bathroom is placed next to the kitchen, and it has space for a shower, as well as a composting toilet, with a sink placed between the two. The space with the composting toilet is designed to maximize airflow and reduce any odors. The Long Shed is equipped with only one bedroom and it has plenty of space for visitors to stand upright. It includes a bed and a stable-style door which also allows for separate access to the home.

The home is powered by four roof-mounted 415-W solar panels, as well as two 12-V batteries. 725 liters of water is stored in tanks, which provide water to the taps, shower, and water heater. The Long Ship is fully equipped to support an off-grid lifestyle.

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Experience True Van-Life Luxury with this Tailor-Made Camping Box for All Your Needs

Campervans have their own set of advantages, but it’s a fixed construction you cannot choose to part with when you want to use the vehicle for everyday street life. This shortcoming may have given birth to the idea of slide-in camping solutions that convert the vans into campers when the wilderness calls. Over the years, with the transforming needs of adventurers, these camping solutions have evolved so much so that a company in Austria has now designed a full-proof camping box to fit at the back of your vehicle and leave you wanting nothing more.

Built with the notion of bringing real-life luxury to the road, the CampBoks slide-in camping solution comprises a fully equipped slide-out kitchen, foldable bed, sliding dining with a cantilevered bench and table, outdoor shower, and an optional, portable toilet. With all these amenities, the CampBoks can transform any ordinary van into a capable camper for wherever your adventure may take you.

Designer: CampBoks

The comprehensive camping box slides onto the seat rails of, or can be fitted into, a range of vehicles such as the Ford Transit, VW Transporter, Mercedes V-Class, Renault Trafic and the like. The versatile Camboks kit, with all its versatility, adds some weight to the back of your vehicle: It weighs 140 kg, which is more than the ordinary options on the market. But the features you get with this one, I’m sure we won’t mind the extra few kilos.

The traditional camper slide-in can keep the weight in measure since they come with limited facilities such as a bed and perhaps a kitchen. The CamBoks adds to these customary features with outdoor dining, a compact work table, and a full-fledged kitchen and fits snugly in a midsize van.

The CampBoks is designed and manufactured entirely in Austria with three compartmentalizations. The driver-side section comprises a slide-out kitchen provided with a single-burner Primus gas stove, small worktable, 15-L refrigerator box, and sink with a faucet that using an attachment can double as an outdoor shower.  The compartment in the middle has a sliding table which is provided with two benches – sliding out – from the two main sections on either side of the table. In the passenger side section, CampBoks provides a slide-out with three Euroboxes you can use for bulk storage.

Toward the inside, you have a folding A-frame bed, which folds in to form a sofa on either side (toward the inside of the vehicle and the tailgate). By the night, it can lay flat to transform into a full-size bed for a couple. You get under-bed storage plus two 12-L fresh water canisters slipped in underneath. Alongside the comfy bed (useable in seating position as well) you get a side-mounted swivel table that can be your additional dining or work desk, depending on your mood and weather. With all its features and an additional option to include a dry separating toilet, the CampBoks starts at approximately $7,000.

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This Smartphone Won’t Collect Or Sell Your Personal Data… And It Has An Encrypted VPN Too

If you thought your iPhone was protecting your privacy, I have a bridge to sell you. Sure, Apple doesn’t sell your data to third-party data brokers, advertisers, and governments… but it does still collect your data. And hey, maybe Instagram and TikTok can’t track you across apps, but they can still track you on their own app. I’m not fear-mongering, although even if I did, it probably wouldn’t work because you (and I) have made peace with the fact that we’re giving away our data for convenience. There isn’t really any alternative, to be honest, aside from probably the quintessential ‘dumb-phone‘… and renowned dumb-phone makers Punkt have realized that there needs to be a better way. To that end, meet the MC02, Punkt’s first proper 5G smartphone that’s designed with data-security and privacy-protection in mind. It sports a minimal UI that tries not to inundate/addict you, has a built-in international VPN to keep your data from reaching the wrong hands (and even access geo-blocked content), and even runs Punkt’s Apostrophy OS, which individually partitions user data, restricting them to each individual application (so not even the OS can see your entire digital footprint). Your data also gets stored on a cloud server in Switzerland, far away from governments and state actors.

Designer: Punkt

The MC02 isn’t shy about its capabilities. It promises a secure, smarter way of using a mobile device, steering clear of the prying digital eyes that seek to profit from personal information. With over 90% of smartphone apps tracking users across the internet, the MC02 offers a unique choice: a digital sanctuary where user data is stored under Swiss jurisdiction, ensuring GDPR, HIPPA, and PCI compliance, and where a suite of on-device tools—email, calendar, contacts, notes, storage, and VPN—operates free from advertising-based data infiltration.

The phone itself is a marvel of minimalist design and intentional functionality, breaking the addiction cycle with tech while still being fairly modern. It features a 6.7” full HD+ screen, 64MP back and 24MP front cameras, 6GB RAM, and a long-lasting 5,500 mAh battery. But the MC02’s real allure lies in its operating system and ecosystem. Powered by Apostrophy and designed for data sovereignty, it includes a built-in VPN for secure browsing, a suite of secure communication tools, and a Carbon & Data Ledger for monitoring the privacy risk and environmental impact of individual apps.

Punkt takes a step further in personalizing the mobile experience with the MC02’s subscription model. The first 12 months of Apostrophy Services—a suite of security and privacy tools—are included in the purchase price, with a subsequent monthly tariff that ensures users know exactly what they’re paying for: privacy, not ads.

And as for the price of reclaiming your digital autonomy? The €699 ($755 USD) MC02 comes with a clear subscription model for the OS, the first 12 months of which are included in the initial purchase, followed by a $17 monthly fee for continued access to Apostrophy’s secure ecosystem. So, if you’ve ever wished to dial back the digital noise and take control of your tech life, the MC02 might just be the tech equivalent of finding that quiet corner in a bustling café—a sanctuary where your data, your choices, and your peace of mind are all part of the service.

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Giant Turtle-shaped beach restaurant gives diners the epitome of nature-inspired and themed decor

Nestled along the coastline, the Turtle Restaurant emerges as an architectural and artistic marvel, paying homage to the ocean’s most graceful creature—the sea turtle. Crafted entirely from bamboo, this sustainable and awe-inspiring structure seamlessly blends with the beach vibe, creating a unique and harmonious dining experience.

Designer: Thilina Liyanage

The entire restaurant is like a puzzle of smaller geometric fragments, meticulously joined together to resemble a giant turtle. Bamboo, chosen as the primary construction material, not only reflects the local availability of this resource but also highlights its eco-friendly nature. Known for its sturdiness and biodegradability, bamboo aligns perfectly with the vision of sustainability, offering both strength and natural aesthetics.

The main entrance, located at the back of the turtle, seamlessly connects to the forest, creating a pathway that intertwines with nature. Additionally, two side entries welcome guests directly from the beach, providing a smooth transition between the restaurant and its coastal surroundings.

The turtle’s shell serves as the main space, sheltering the restaurant and evoking a sense of awe. The central portion of the shell is open, serving as a skylight that bathes the interior in natural light, creating an open and airy atmosphere. The shell extends into outdoor decks on the sides, offering patrons a complete outdoor experience and stunning views of the surrounding forest.

The bamboo arches play a dual role, serving as structural supports for the shell while also adding a touch of drama and privacy to different sections of the restaurant. Tilted arches on the sides create a perception of grandeur, enhancing the visual appeal and making the space appear larger than life.

To cater to varied preferences, the Turtle Restaurant offers three types of seating—lounge chairs, cane chairs, and regular cushioned wooden chairs. Guests can choose their preferred seating option based on comfort and the desired vibe, ensuring a personalized dining experience.

While the restaurant already boasts a captivating design, the addition of a stairway leading to the inside of the turtle’s head could offer a unique vantage point for patrons. This feature not only enhances the overall experience but also provides a photogenic spot for capturing the beauty of the beach from a different angle.

As the sun sets, the Turtle Restaurant transforms into a magical space with the help of recessed ground lights and pendant lights. The subtle illumination creates a warm and inviting ambiance, making it an ideal setting for a premium beach bar experience.

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